Overview

If you want to become a leader in teaching, an administrator, a researcher, an academic, or a highly qualified educator, UPEI’s Master of Education in Leadership in Learning degree may be the perfect fit for you! Graduates from our program are teachers; educators in the corporate, government, arts, health, and not-for-profit sectors; PhD students; professors and instructors in colleges and universities; and, administrators and policy-makers.

The Master of Education program is designed to provide experienced educators in any field with the knowledge and skills required to become effective educational leaders. The overall aim of the program is to promote and support educational scholarship, research, and practice. Through studying relevant curriculum with researchers and expert practitioners, our students gain the capacity to make valuable contributions to the field of education—and to the lives of others.

Continue your learning journey with us today by exploring our course-based or thesis-based MEd program built for flexibility with in-person, blended, and online courses that will provide meaningful educational experiences. You can continue working while you pursue your MEd degree!

It is also important to note that the Master of Education in Leadership and Learning is unique in that this one degree is structured to permit for a variety of study foci. You can choose a focus in either Global Perspectives, 21st Century Teaching and Learning, College Education, or Additional Designation in Inclusive Education. Students enrolled in the MEd program complete seven compulsory courses and three elective courses (pre-selected for the focus of your choice).

Special Student Status for Single Courses 

Register in up to two 6000-level Master’s courses in Education as a special student. ‘Test the water’ and gain a graduate credit in Education. Your first course will be Education 6110 - Introduction to Research, as it is a prerequisite for all other courses.

If you are considering transferring to our MEd program from another MEd program, two 6000-level Master’s courses may be considered for credit towards our Master of Education in Leadership in Learning degree, pending approval of the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies. Applicants are encouraged to check course availability and transfer credit options with the Faculty of Education Graduate Administrative Assistant (edgradadmin@upei.ca). 

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UPEI Master of Education graduate Han Xu has come a long way from her home in rural China. Now she’s pursuing her PhD.

Focus Areas
Upcoming MEd Focus

Please indicate the specific focus you are applying to in your application and personal statement. Sufficient enrolment is required for each focus to begin.

Global Perspectives Focus
(on campus)

This innovative course-based graduate program is designed for international students from a variety of countries. Participants bring a global perspective to leadership in learning in 21st century educational contexts. Participants will explore theory and practice from the fields of international and comparative education, educational leadership, curriculum and pedagogy, and global education. Students will enhance their competencies as educators and global citizens as they engage in active experiential learning and critical reflection.

Program highlights include:

  • Extensive practical experiences in diverse educational settings and learning communities
  • Wide range of opportunities to interact with domestic and international students from various countries
  • 10 courses (combination of blended, online, and in-person experiences)
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Program completion within 16 months
  • Small class sizes
  • Rich opportunities to engage with local cultures
  • Participants can bridge their learning to other programs offering a certificate in early childhood learning or adult education

Applicants require two years of education-related experience.

To start the MEd program, students require IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 (writing and speaking), 6.5 (reading and listening), and an overall score of 7.0.

If your IELTS score is below the program minimum, you will start your program at UPEI's Graduate English Academic Program (GEAP) which requires an overall IELTS of 5.0. Simply apply to the MEd program and you will be automatically directed to the Graduate English Academic Program.

如果你的雅思成绩低于最低要求,你可以从爱德华王子岛大学的研究生英语学术项目开始学习,该项目要求雅思总分达到5。只需申请UPEI的MEd项目,你会被自动转到研究生英语学术项目。

Application dates for September intake

  • Open: Now
  • Closed: April 1 (all documents must be received by May 1)

Application dates for January intake

  • Open: Now
  • Closed: August 1 (all documents must be received by September 1)

21st Century Teaching and Learning Focus
(100% online delivery)

The Master of Education with a focus on 21st Century Teaching and Learning is offered 100% online. Students in the 21st Century Teaching and Learning focus will join a virtual community of practitioners learning about digital technologies and using them to focus on 21st Century ideas about critical pedagogy, educational leadership, authentic assessment, project-based learning, and global education. Participants will explore theories, research and practices relevant to student engagement and learning.

Program highlights include:

  • 10 courses (delivered completely online)
  • Courses focus on teaching and learning in 21st Century contexts
  • Program completion within 30 months
  • Competitive tuition fees
  • July start date each year

Applicants require two years of education-related experience.

To start the MEd program, students require IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 (writing and speaking), 6.5 (reading, listening) , and an overall score of 7.0.

Application dates for July intake

  • Open: October 1
  • Closed: May 1 (all documents must be received by June 1)

Additional Designation in Inclusive Education Focus
(blend of
4 courses on campus in July; 6 courses online)

Within this 10-course MEd focus, five courses will certify students towards the Additional Designation in Inclusive Education required by the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This combination of courses will prepare teachers to specialize as Resource Room or Special Education teachers. 

Program highlights include:

  • 10 courses (delivered online during the school year and in-person courses offered during the first two full weeks in July for two summer sessions)
  • Courses will focus on inclusion and differentiated instruction
  • Competitive tuition fees
  • Program completion within 24 months
  • Program starts in July with two in-person intensive weeks (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am–4:00 pm)

Applicants require two years of education-related experience.

To start the MEd program, students require IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 (writing and speaking), 6.5 (reading, listening), and an overall score of 7.0.

Application dates for July intake

Open: October 1
Closed: May 1 (all documents must be received by June 1)


College Educators Focus
(blend of 
4 courses on campus in July; 6 courses online)

Note: this cohort will not be offered in 2021

The College Educators MEd will be of interest to college or post-secondary educators.

Program highlights include:

  • 10 courses (delivered online during the school year and in-person courses offered during the first two full weeks in July for two summer sessions) 
  • Specialized courses include higher education teaching, assessment of adult learners, and program evaluation
  • All courses will focus on teaching and learning in higher education
  • Program completion within 24 months
  • Competitive tuition fees
  • Program starts in July with two in-person intensive weeks (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am–4:00 pm)
Course Structure
MEd Course Structure

Students enrolled in the MEd program complete seven compulsory courses and three elective courses (pre-selected for the foci).

Course-Based Option - Compulsory Courses (7 required courses)

Education 6110 Introduction to Research Methods in Education

Education 6120 Quantitative Research Design, or
Education 6130 Qualitative Research Design, or
Education 6160 Action Research in Education, or
Education 6180 Learning, Leadership, and Reflective Practice, or
Education 6290 Program Evaluation

Education 6140 Theories of Research and Learning
Education 6150 Educational Leadership
Education 6170 Issues in Educational Leadership
Education 6190 Critical Pedagogy
Education 6250 Curriculum: Leadership in Learning

Elective Courses (3 courses required)

Education 6010 Selected Topics in Education
Education 6210 Current Research in Learning
Education 6220 Research on Learning Difficulties
Education 6230 Statistics for Research in Education
Education 6240 Change: Leadership in Learning
Education 6260 Technology: Leadership in Learning
Education 6270 Global Education
Education 6280 International Education and Development
Education 6300 Perspectives in Ecology and Sustainable Leadership
Education 6310 Leadership in Postcolonial Education
Education 6320 Leadership in Languages and Literacies
Education 6330 Multi-Literacies
Education 6910 Directed Study
Education 6950 Graduate Seminar

MEd Thesis-based

Students who wish to complete a thesis can apply to the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies after they have completed three (3) courses. Include a thesis proposal (2 pages, single-spaced maximum) outlining the proposed research and which faculty member you propose to supervise your thesis.

Thesis-based MEd students will complete five compulsory courses, one elective course, and a thesis (4 course equivalents).

Thesis-Based Option - Compulsory Courses (5 required courses)

Education 6110 Introduction to Research Methods in Education

Education 6120 Quantitative Research Design, or
Education 6130 Qualitative Research Design

Education 6140 Theories of Research and Learning
Education 6150 Educational Leadership
Education 6190 Critical Pedagogy Elective Courses (1 required)

Select one (1) elective from this list:

  • Education 6010 Selected Topics in Education
  • Education 6160 Action Research in Education
  • Education 6170 Issues in Educational Leadership
  • Education 6180 Learning, Leadership and Reflective Practice
  • Education 6220 Research on Learning Difficulties
  • Education 6240 Change: Leadership in Learning
  • Education 6250 Curriculum: Leadership in Learning
  • Education 6260 Technology: Leadership in Learning
  • Education 6270 Global Education
  • Education 6280 International Education and Development
  • Education 6290 Program Evaluation
  • Education 6300 Perspectives in Ecology and Sustainable Leadership
  • Education 6310 Leadership in Postcolonial Education
  • Education 6320 Leadership in Languages and Literacies
  • Education 6910 Directed Study
  • Education 6950 Graduate Seminar

Thesis

Students register for Education 6990 - Thesis for four consecutive semesters after they have completed their course work. Each candidate in the thesis-based MEd is required to submit a thesis based upon research conducted under supervision as described in this section of the calendar. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capacity for original and independent research and should extend the knowledge base in the field under study. General specifications as to paper, format, order, and binding are available from the Graduate Administration Office (edgradadmin@upei.ca). 

The Master’s Examination

The final oral examination, which is devoted chiefly to the defence of the thesis, is a Faculty examination, identified as the Master’s Examination. Normally, the Examining Committee consists of the two members of the Supervisory Committee, one other faculty member from the UPEI (internal examiner), and one examiner external to the University, who submits a written report attesting to the quality of the work. The Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies selects the Examining Committee at the request of the Supervisor, appoints the Chair, and is responsible for notifying the Dean of Education of its composition.

The final oral presentation component of the examination is open to the public and members of the public are invited by the chair to question the student. After the public presentation of the thesis, the examination will continue in a private setting.

The examination is passed and the thesis approved if there is no more than one negative vote; an abstention is considered to be a negative vote. The Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies is responsible for reporting the result of the examination to the Dean of Education. The result is recorded as “Accepted as is,” “Accepted after minor revision,” “Accepted after substantial revision,” or “Unacceptable.” The result “Accepted after minor revision” normally entails editorial changes. If the result is “Accepted after substantial revision,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis with or without defending again. If the result is “Unacceptable,” the student may be given one opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis and to defend it again.

Publication

The University requires publication of the thesis in the following manner:

  • One unbound copy of the thesis is forwarded to Library and Archives Canada, together with an agreement form signed by the candidate authorizing Library and Archives Canada to share the manuscript. 

Printing of Thesis

UPEI Faculty of Education provides one bound copy of the thesis to the student. Students can purchase additional bound copies by contacting edgradadmin@upei.ca.

Copyright Provision

Copies of the thesis shall have on the title page the words, “In partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Education.” The international copyright notice, which consists of three elements in the same line—the letter “C” enclosed in a circle; the name of the copyright owner (the student); and the year should appear as a bottom line on the title page of the thesis.

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Admission?

Applications to the MEd program must have demonstrated high academic standing and potential for self-directed, sustained research. Normally, the basic requirement is:

i) An undergraduate or graduate degree from an approved university with an average of 70% or higher in the last 20 courses (60 credit hours). An applicant lacking a degree, or an applicant possessing a degree with an academic average under 70%, maybe considered for admission under exceptional circumstances. In such cases, the Graduate Studies Committee must be satisfied that the student has the capacity to complete graduate work. This capacity could be demonstrated through extensive and relevant professional experiences, Red Seal trade certificate, leadership, research, and publications.

ii) At Least two years of Education-Related Experience

Supplemental files are required at the time of application, including a Personal Statement, resumé and a reference form from both professional and academic sources.

On your resumé include the following information:

  • personal contact information (home address, phone number, and email address)
  • degrees and certifications
  • education-related experiences (including the year and duration of the experiences)
  • other work experiences
  • professional development training
  • publications
  • academic awards, scholarships, prizes, etc.
  • include contact email and phone number of references who can verify your education-related experiences

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please review the English Language Requirements for graduate programs.

Fees and Funding

Tuition

Master of Education - $9,750 per program
Course Based - $975 per course for 10 courses
Thesis Based - $975 per course for 6 courses; $1,300 per course for 3 thesis courses
International students pay $747 per course in addition to the Master of Education tuition fee.

For a complete breakdown, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports students and their educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.

Faculty Members
Your mentors. Our professors.

UPEI has about 250 faculty—exceptional scholars, teachers, and mentors, with more being hired each year as we open new, progressive, and unique programs. But the story isn’t just in the numbers. It’s in the quality of our people. Award-winning faculty from around the globe have made UPEI home. Here, you’ll learn directly from these world-class professors and researchers in small classes where you’ll have easy access to them.